See you at Solex

by Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng
February 26, 2008

Solex [CLOSED]
103 1st Ave
@ 7th St
New York, NY 10003

Enfin, a good wine bar. I’m toasting to that!

What I like about Solex is the selection of savory baked goods such as the tarte flambée Alsacienne ($10), quiche Lorraine ($10), and petits éclair “Wellington” ($12). With this, you have a good wine list of smaller French appellations, which I most miss when outside of France. Choose from a white Bergerac from the Southwest, a minerally Arbois from Jura made of the Savagnin grape, or discover what a Cherverny (blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay) from the Loire tastes like.

The pairing that hit the spot for me was their white wine chicken pot pie ($12), which comes in its own little mini Staub cocotte, with a bottle of a 2006 white Lirac from Domaine Lafond. A perfect wintry white with the classic Rhône blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussane and Viognier ($40).

To end the meal, order the perfectly baked petites madeleines that are served warm ($5) and nightcap it with an often forgotten calvados.

So, see you at Solex!


Comments (2)


Feb 28, 11:11 AM

A colleague kept urging me to try Solex. I went to Solex two days ago to celebrate my birthday and fell in love.
I ate the tarte flambee Alsacienne, petite eclairs (divine!), salade de Betteraves and the tartines (open faced sandwiches of pate, smoked salmon, foie gras and vegetables) washed down with a glass of Malbec. For dessert, I enjoyed the tarte aux fraises et citron and the flavor was reminiscent of Paris. None of the fruit tarts eaten in New York city have tasted quite like the one here.

I dreamed about the eclairs and plan on returning to eat everything else on the menu and have recommended it to all my friends.

cynthia sin-yi cheng

Feb 29, 09:56 AM

Thank you for your lovely note! Fantastic that you enjoyed Solex so much.

The consulting pastry chef at Solex, Eric Hubert, was the opening executive chef at Jean Georges. You can read about him at I agree with you that the pastries reminds me of the quality of pastries in Paris.

Again, see you at Solex,

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